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Nintendo Download: 11th July (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A long awaited Atlus sequel, retro goodies, Pinball Wars and more

Another week, another Nintendo Download update for you, North America. This week brings Atlus RPG fans a 3DS title that's been long craved, one of the most famous film franchises of all time finally gets its pinball fix on Wii U, and some retro goodies join movie licensed games on both current systems. So without further ado, to the details.

Wii U eShop

Star Wars Pinball (Zen Studios, $9.99) — It's taken a good while to arrive, and ultimately never came as DLC for Zen Pinball 2, but the tables based on the iconic franchise finally make their way to Wii U. This is the standalone title that includes XP, a dynamic front end depending on the side you choose and leaderboards that reflect the community's sides of the force, and its three tables ultimately combine for a solid offering; we decided the Force was strong with this one in our Star Wars Pinball review.

Wii U Famicom Anniversary Promotion

Donkey Kong (Nintendo, $0.30) — This is the final part of the Famicom Anniversary Promotion to grace the Wii U Virtual Console, bringing another classic for some loose change. This is the NES port of the arcade original — perhaps not actually the very best version — and you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong review to see how it stacked up on the original VC; this will be available from 15th July.

Wii U Virtual Console

Metroid (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES title that started it all, confusing gamers in its maze of a world before revealing that the hero was a heroine, ahead of its "rescue the Princess" time, arguably. The series hit its 2D heights with Super Metroid, but the groundwork was laid down in this 8-bit debut. We still think it holds up pretty well in our 3DS Virtual Console Metroid review.

Wii U Retail Download

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (D3Publisher of America, $39.95)

3DS Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, $4.99) — This second NES Super Mario title — as it was in the West — stands apart in the main-series franchise, mainly because it was a re-skin of Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. Despite being an oddity in a series of 2D platformers, it nevertheless has plenty of deserving fans that appreciate what it can offer; Nintendo's even bringing back the playable characters' skill-sets for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Now you'll be able to play it on the go, and you can see what we thought in our recent Wii U Virtual Console Super Mario Bros. 2 review.

3DS Retail Downloads

Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, $49.99) — Available from 16th July, the long awaited main-series sequel is finally arriving on the 3DS, as once again the fate of the world hangs in the balance. This RPG series is popular with many, and for those not opting for the attractive limited edition set, it's just the kind of quest that may be handy to have on the SD card. It's a complex, lengthy adventure with branching storylines, but also one that serves as a perfect starting point for series newcomers; we gave it a wholehearted recommendation in our Shin Megami Tensei IV review.

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (D3Publisher of America, $29.95)

3DS Retail Promotion

Register Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening on Club Nintendo to received $30 of eShop credit.

So there you have it, a slightly shorter list than normal but, nevertheless, there are some tempting options on both Wii U and 3DS. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (288 votes)

Star Wars Pinball (Wii U eShop)


Donkey Kong (Wii U Virtual Console)


Metroid (Wii U Virtual Console)


Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Wii U retail download)


Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS Virtual Console)


Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS retail download)


Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (3DS retail download)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (94)



Zodiak13 said:

SMTIV and Star Wars Pinball. 3ds Super mario bros 2 probably as well. Nice week. SMTIV is physical copy though.



Gobelee said:

I have been waiting for SMB2 for a while now haha. Finally. Considering I have purchased the NES, SNES (All-Stars) and GBA versions in my lifetime, I can't believe I am actually going to buy this game again. But I am. haha. Again.



TwilightV said:

Well, this is a poor week. Picking up Metroid, Donkey Kong and SMB2, got SMTIV preordered.



Spanish_Bread said:

Hi, nintendolife, I just want to ask when will the review for "Deer Hunting King" (3ds game) will be available? I'm pretty sure it was stated in last week's article that review is coming soon for that game. Sorry i'm just desperate to see some insight for this game (but of course I don't want to risk to buy it without even watching any trailer) because even gameplay video doesn't seem to exist in the internet... Thanks!

on topic:
nothing for me this week, i wish SMB2 will be available via club nintendo XD



RR529 said:

Still don't have the money for anything after picking up Fire Emblem: Awakening a couple of Sundays ago. (worth it, though)



willweinert said:

I preordered the limited run of SMTIV! And I don't think that there will be too many downloads on eshop this week with the steam sale and what not



Spoony_Tech said:

I hear from a reliable source that Star Wars will start off with the same problem the Zen Pinball 2 learder boards have!



rjejr said:

FYI - I'm not actually buying Turbo on the WiiU, I just voted for it b/c the WiiU actually got a retail game but I didn't think anybody else would vote for it and I didn't want the WiiU to feel bad. Well any worse than it usually does every week. I shed a WiiU tear watching that GTAV trailer a couple of days ago.



unrandomsam said:

@therick112 Japan got Super Mario Bros 3 on 1st January this year. (Seems like everyone else is getting even further behind.)

Only NES games I am bothered about are Crisis Force / Super Mario Bros 3 / Castlevania III. Care more about TG16 than NES though. (Not interested at all in stuff where the NES version is totally awful like Star Soldier / Life Force.)

(Few games I would get but only the Gameboy Color versions of them. Like the NES Dragon Quests.)



KingH3nrry said:

No Kid Icarus? That's disappointing. I was hoping we would get the same deal Europe got this past Monday...



KeeperBvK said:

We didn't get the deal this Monday. We get our games on Thursday, just like you do. We only get informed about them earlier then you do.



SkywardCrowbar said:

LAME! I wanted Donkey Kong for just $0.30...

I'll wait to see if there's a price drop, if not, I'll get it at full price along with Metroid.



sinalefa said:

No discounts this week? Well, then I guess I will keep my money. Tensei IV would be retail for me, so the book and the CD help me to justify paying $50 for it.



WhiteTrashGuy said:

Really want STAR WARS PINBALL, but I just got 5 games for my birthday and found copies of ARKHAM CITY, AC3, and BLACK OPS 2 at my local Blockbuster for only $10 a piece. Does not bode well for the Wii U or rentals, but needless to say I've got plenty of new games to play....



Kisame83 said:

Nothing for me. Have SMT IV preordered, and Steam sale to look up. Also just bought Deus Ex on iOS.



billychaos said:

I hate to say this but it's crazy how Nintendo makes you buy the games twice (on each system.). Hate to compare but if you buy a game on the Sony Playstation store, you can play it on whatever system it supports (psp, vita, or ps3/4). You only buy the game once. I no longer want to buy games on the wii U virtual console when it comes out, because I want to wait to see if it will be available on the 3ds first. We should not have to be so unsure about purchases.



suburban_sensei said:

If anything, it would be SMB2, for me. What has me more excited is that perhaps we will get SMB3 in the near future? That will be a day one buy for me, it's always been one of my favorite NES games.



Buduski said:

Definatley taking advantage of that Nintendo promo for SMTIV, already got FE:A registered so might as well.



Haxonberik said:

I was thinking on getting SMT from the eShop to claim those 30$ but 50$ and no extras... makes me doubt it. I cant pick up the retail version before August 31, so its that or no credit...



ThomasBW84 said:

Ah yes, Donkey Kong is $0.30, it was in a different press release to the one sent to our inbox. I've updated the article



Knux said:

I'm going to buy Star Wars Pinball, Donkey Kong, and possibly Super Mario Bros. 2. But cross-buy and cross-save can really increase sales on games like Super Mario Bros. 2 at a time like this, Nintendo.



bahooney said:

Definitely getting Star Wars Pinball; huuuuuuuge Star Wars fan, I am. Definitely getting Donkey Kong; huuuuuuuge $0.30 price fan, I am.



Morpheel said:

Oh what a thin update for us 3DS owners... Oh well it's not like I have money anyway.



KnightRider666 said:

That sucks that they are charging $50 SMT4 period, especially for a download copy that lacks any of the retail bonuses. I hope $50 3DS games don't start to become the norm.



Morpheel said:

Didn't RE:Revelations start up as a 50 dollars game? Look at it now there's hope.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Morphtorok The difference is in how Atlus and Capcom conduct business. Atlus entire library is arguably niche especially outside of Japan. They are more likely than not, well prepared for what a lot of larger companies would call "low sales". In fact, that's how they generally sell their products (a low number of profitable sales vs Capcom's high number of profitable sales).

So no I don't foresee a price drop anytime soon, at least not while the collector's editions are in stock (which is every initial shipment apparently).



element187 said:

@RR529 But all you need is Fire Emblem Awakening. I rarely take it out of my 3DS, I switch it out only at the gym (platformers on the elyptical is da bomb, its a great distraction)... I just wish I went digital with FE:A because I play it so much. Live and learn I guess.



russellohh said:

@KnightRider666 Yeah I was going to go digital until I realized $3 more means i get a giant book, art, CDs, a free cheeseburger, two cookies, an oil change, a puppy, and a lunch with the developer. I'll go cartridge this time.



Cesco said:

@Zodiak13 Nice avatar, Skies of Arcadia is still one of the games I'd love to see remade on the Wii U or on the 3DS



Adam said:

They have deals like the Fire Emblem plus Shin whatever deal often? That sounds pretty great. It'd be essentially twenty bucks for me to get this since I have Awakening already... Whatever the heck this is. Time to research.



grumblegrumble said:

SMB2!! Finally! A 3DS VC title that isn't a Sega throwback game This is an awesome game, too. I beat it when I was a kid when it came out, and the last few scenes are amazing! Play it through and watch for yourself in amazement



Capt_N said:

Gonna look into Star Wars Pinball. Can't d/l though, as I don't have a WU. If there's a good 3ds ver. of the game, I might get that. I'm saving my (recently rejuvinated) eShop credit for Shantae next week. I might d/l Pictobits tonight, or tomorrow. I am also happy being reminded by everyone here, as well as myself, that Super Mario Bros. 3(my favorite Nes game/title) will eventually make it to the 3ds e-Shop. There are a few games that, despite my already owning them in at least 1 other form, I still will purchase, & d/l from the e-Shop. SMB3 is one of those games. Edit #2: I would love it if Nintendo made SMB3 a 3d-Classic game.

Edit: I doubt Nintendo would change policy regarding currently no cross-play(this far into this generation), as there are already multiple platform ver.s of multiple titles availble on each respective e-Shop. Maybe next system(/generation) Nintendo might do that, if they can be persuaded this time(/generation), by the consumers, &/or their fans/fanbase.



BooJoh said:

@billychaos I agree. I bought this game a mere two months ago on Wii U, I shouldn't have to buy it again if I want it for 3DS. At the very least we should get the same kind of discount we get for Wii U VC titles we own on Wii. It makes me question every VC purchase I make, because I have to debate whether I want it on the big screen or portable, and very few games would convince me to pay double to have both.



Marioman64 said:

woah a nothing week... oh well, I'll get the .30 donkey kong and play my Project X Zone till next week



sleepinglion said:

Thanks for the recap. I picked up SW Pinball and Metroid, though I'd love to see the VC get stronger support from Nintendo. With as many consoles and classic titles as they have in their library I'd love to see 3 or 4 releases per week. At this pace, one per week, there's really not much of a chance at seeing a full library any time soon.



DefHalan said:

So NA still doesn't have the street pass dlc but we got the skyward sword puzzle



allav866 said:

I just got an update for StreetPass Mii Plaza! It's downloading right now!
EDIT: It's done, and I got a new Puzzle Panel, New SUPER MARIO BROS. U and New SUPER LUIGI U.



Zodiak13 said:

@Cesco Thanks, there are 2 other people on NL that have Skies of Arcadia Avatars, its crazy. It may not be the best RPG ever made in terms of what it does, but it is my favorite post 32 bit RPG ever.



XCWarrior said:

In terms of eshop downloads, HORRIBLE week. And almost everything listed isn't even available today. Awful.



Wilford111 said:

I didn't know they were still doing the 30 cent thing 0_o
Well, better turn on my Wii U and download it.



XCWarrior said:

@Zodiak13 Skies of Arcadia is a great game and I was glad they ported it to the GCN so I could enjoy it. Very unique setting for a RPG. I'm proud that it is in my collection. I can remember the main character's name - Vyse - which is a rarity for me. That says something.



SmaMan said:

I swear, this D&D game is going to become this generation's Retro City Rampage, constantly being delayed until the eShop platform is dead, leading to massive profit loss... ugh.

I'd love to be proven wrong though, anybody have an update? It's been listed as an eligible game on Club Nintendo for-EVER, but any word yet? Anything?



TotalHenshin said:

SMTIV is pre-ordered. Bought SMB2 for Wii U when that released some weeks back. I'm probably going to pass on all else, even Donkey Kong. I already have the vastly superior Donkey Kong '94 on my 3DS' VC.



Gold_Ranger said:

Am I the ONLY one that doesn't have Donkey Kong for .30 listed on my WiiU? It doesn't even show up when I search...



SmaMan said:

Read the article. It says it's coming out the 15th of July.

Also, perhaps this could be that special limited edition version they released a couple years back that had the omitted arcade level added back in... right? </wishful_thinking>



Bender said:

Have SMTIV on pre-order already for that awesome box with Art/music and amazing game... Going to download Animal Crossing New Leaf with the $30 eShop credit from registering SMTIV...

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